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Ireland round-up: An Bord Pleanála struggles with workload and misses targets; Cabinet backing for Galway ring road

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 29 September-5 October, 2018

An Bord Pleanála struggles with workload and misses targets

Last year An Bord Pleanála struggled to keep pace with a 19 per cent rise in casework, which meant that only 67 per cent of appeal decisions were made within the statutory target, according to the agency’s annual report.

The Planner

The Planner Careers Survey 2019

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The Planner

RTPI elects new fellows

The RTPI has announced that three new fellows have been elected to the institute.


Cabinet backing for Galway ring road

The business case for a €600 million ring road around Galway city was signed off by ministers this week – a move that will trigger a planning application for the 18km scheme that involves a new bridge and viaduct over the River Corrib, and two short tunnels on the city’s east side.

Irish Government

Consortium chosen for Greater Dublin social housing at six sites

The administration has named the consortium selected as preferred tenderer for 534 units of social housing that will be built across six sites in the greater Dublin area under a public-private project (PPP) arrangement.

Irish Government

Dún Laoghaire Harbour now council-owned

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has assumed control of Dún Laoghaire Harbour, amid growing concern over how it will finance a potential repair bill of €33.1 million and annual maintenance costs of €800,000.

Irish Times

Quantifying Airbnb’s capital presence

Accommodation rental giant Airbnb has identified almost 900 Dublin-based properties that have been let on the platform on a long-term basis.

Irish Independent

Kilkenny mosque approved

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new mosque in Kilkenny city which attracted more than 1,000 signatures in opposition when the development was first proposed.

Irish Times

Dublin bus route plans trigger huge response

About 20,000 submissions have been received by the National Transport Authority over the redesign of the Dublin Bus network.

Irish Times

National science and visitor centre unveiled for Athlone

Plans have been unveiled for a new €7.5 million national science and visitor centre in the midlands on the site of a decommissioned RTÉ radio transmitter station in Athlone.

Irish Times

Cork crematorium proposal

A planning application has been lodged with Cork County Council for what would be Cork's second crematorium on the site of the former Duhallow Park Hotel at Dromcummer Beg, Kanturk.

Irish Independent

Carbon cuts strategy urged

While Ireland is unlikely to meet EU decarbonisation and renewable energy targets for 2020, “an ambitious, but realistic, climate and energy roadmap” is urgently needed to get back on track and meet 2030 targets, according to the Institute of International and European Affairs.

Irish Times

Further green screening needed for Cork regeneration scheme

A recent European Court decision means Cork City Council must carry out further environmental screening for its proposed Morrison’s Island regeneration scheme.

Cork City Council

Dublin data handling centre approved

Dallas-based US real estate investment trust CyrusOne has been granted planning permission for a €400 million data centre extending over 32,419 square metres in Dublin.

Irish Independent

Further delays for €10m College Green Plaza plan

The construction of a €10 million civic plaza at Dublin’s College Green is facing further delays now that An Bord Pleanála had delayed its decision until the end of the month.

Irish Times

Government defeat over housing

The government has been defeated in the Dáil on the Solidarity-People Before Profit housing motion after a debate.

Irish Times

Uplands habitats management initiative

Mountain habitats under threat from environmental degradation are to be managed through a new partnership between state bodies and upland communities.

Irish Times